Statement from Ronald Wastewater re Court ruling on Point Wells

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Chief Judge Marlin Appelwick of the Court of Appeals of the state of Washington has ruled against Ronald Wastewater's claim as service provider for Point Wells.

Statement from Ronald Wastewater:

In 1985, the King County Superior Court entered an order stating that Point Wells was annexed to Ronald’s corporate boundary. 

Since that date, Ronald has been the only sewer district or other entity that provided sewer service to Point Wells, and the only entity that adopted formal plans to serve new development in Point Wells.

Ronald issued the Certificate of Sewer Availability for the Urban Center Development proposed by the owner of the waterfront property at Point Wells. Ronald is also identified in Snohomish County’s land use plans as the sewer provider to Point Wells.

Olympic View Water and Sewer District formally consented to Ronald’s provision of sewer service to Point Wells when it adopted a sewer plan with a service area map showing the entire Point Wells area as “served by Ronald.”

Despite the 1985 court order annexing Point Wells to Ronald’s boundary and this long history of planning and service confirming Ronald as the sewer provider to Point Wells, the Court of Appeals decision (filed on July 1, 2019) held that Ronald’s corporate boundary does not include Point Wells.

Ronald is disappointed by the decision and believes that it was issued in error.

Ronald intends to file a Motion for Reconsideration with the Court identifying important legal authorities that were not considered by the Court. Ronald is hopeful that the Court will correct its error in response to Ronald’s Motion for Reconsideration.

If the Court does not, however, Ronald may choose to seek review by the Supreme Court.

Court document here


Anonymous,  July 11, 2019 at 5:52 AM  

The ratepayers of Ronald Wastewater have paid millions of dollars in legal fees on this issue. and these same ratepayers should be tell the Ronald board and the Shoreline city council how they feel about it.

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